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Rebecca and GB capture silver in Lucerne thriller

 

Belfast rower Rebecca Shorten and the Great Britain women's eight claimed silver at the European Championships in Lucerne
Belfast rower Rebecca Shorten and the Great Britain women's eight claimed silver at the European Championships in Lucerne

By Robert Jones

Belfast rower Rebecca Shorten and the Great Britain women's eight claimed silver at the European Championships in Lucerne.

In a thrilling final they duelled with the Netherlands and Romania for the medals, with the GB boat easing away from the Dutch with 500 metres remaining.

But in a frenetic finish they couldn't catch the Romanians, who retained their title by just 0.06 seconds.

Russia took the bronze ahead of the tiring Netherlands crew.

Shorten and her team-mates will be seeking to go one better in the second World Cup regatta in Poznan, Poland in three weeks time.

There was gold medal success for Ireland in the women's single sculls with Sanita Puspure leading from start to finish as the two-time Olympian and reigning world champion claimed the European title ahead of Jeannine Gmelin from Switzerland.

Banbridge rower Philip Doyle and partner Ronan Byrne were fourth in the 'B' final of the men's double sculls to finish 10th overall.

The duo had been edged out of the 'A' final by reigning world champions France as they finished fourth in the semi-final.

A gold medal for the Great Britain men's four was the highlight on finals day.

Oliver Cook, Matt Rossiter, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie produced a dominant performance to win comfortably.

Meanwhile, Peter Lambert returned after 18 months of injury to stroke the quad to bronze.

Along with the experienced Jack Beaumont, Jonny Walton and Angus Groom, Lambert will be looking to finish higher up the podium when the squad are in Poznan.

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